Future appears bright for Montreal Canadiens
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10-20-2012, 06:54 PM
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The Coyotes had 97 points in 82 games and went to their conference final (3rd or 4th bestt team from the top), whereas Montreal had 78 points in 82 games and drafted 3rd or 4th from the bottom. They are a vastly superior team team. Note also that they did this in a stronger division.
Note that I mentioned 'despite what last year's standings may indicate'. Montreal was in a year of tumult, one which saw injuries, a coaching change and -at year's end- an overhaul of management.
The season prior, Phoenix finished a mere 3 points above Montreal, and I see our future (both immediate and long term) as equal to theirs:
Smith is good, but Price is elite. Montreal does not have a Yandle but Subban may get there and we have Markov and Gorges with him now, Tinordi, Beaulieu in the wings.
Up front I'd argue that Pacioretty and Plekanec are both better than anything Phoenix has to offer. Cole and Doan bring the same qualities while Eller is projecting to become a player like Hanzal but is simply two years younger.
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